Humane Society of Schuyler County

About Us

CATS/DOGS - 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865
Spay/Neuter Clinic:124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 1486
HSSC Phone: (607) 594-2255 
US Mail: PO Box 427 Montour Falls, New York 14865
Fax: 845-501-3211

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Founded in 1987, The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of animals in Schuyler County. Our mission is to eliminate pet overpopulation, prevent cruelty to animals, provide quality care for homeless animals, promote responsible pet ownership, and help the community to develop humane principles toward all animals.To address this mission we offer a low-cost spay/neuter service for the dogs and cats of eligible area residents and provide spay/neuter certificates for use at participating veterinarians.

County residents meeting income requirements and residents with feral cat populations are provided the opportunity to bring dogs and cats to the low cost spay/neuter clinics offered twice monthly. We firmly believe that spay/neuter is the most effective means of reducing the problem of pet over population.

Prior to August 1st, 2009 our efforts were focused on caring for and placing cats since there is no other organization in Schuyler County addressing this need.  We also provide spay/neuter services and emergency medical funds for dogs.

On August 1st,2009 The Humane Society of Schuyler County assumed the management and operation of the Schuyler County Animal Shelter. The Schuyler County Legislature authorized a contract between the two entities in an effort to further promote collaboration between public, private, and not for profit organizations to provide a higher level of constituent services at a lower cost.

On November 24, 2014 all adoptable dogs were moved to their new home at our Montour Falls facility at 124 Marina Drive.

All inquiries regarding the adoption of dogs or cats should be directed to The Humane Society at 594-2255.  Cats available for adoption and Dogs available for adoption can also be seen on this website or by visiting Petfinder.com. 

Great Video on the need to spay and neuter

We also provide pet food and shelter for animals in need, maintain a small medical emergency loan fund and provide annual free rabies clinics.

Meet our kitty of the week

The Humane Society operates a foster network to care for homeless cats and kittens as space allows. Adoptable cats and kittens can be seen at our Cat Shelter in Montour Falls, at PetSmart in Ithaca, by calling us at 594-2255 to schedule an appointment or by looking through our listing of adoptable cats and kittens.  

Dogs can be viewed online and you can also see our available dogs on Monday - Friday mornings between 8 - 10 am and Saturday mornings, between 9 and noon, at the dog shelter in Montour Falls.  If that time isn't convenient, please call us to schedule an appointment.

We are funded primarily through donations, gifts, grants and fundraising efforts. We receive no county, state or government funding for our on- going operation. Nor do we receive funds from national animal welfare organizations.  If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation please call us at 594-2255. We’ll put your skills or your donations to good use! We hope you enjoy your visit with us. And, do check back often to see what we’re up to and how you can become a part of it!

The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a United Way Agency.

Thank you.


Become a Member

Would you like to become a member of the Humane Society of Schuyler County and help us reach our goal of improving the welfare of animals in Schuyler County and building a new shelter? 

If so, please either click on the PayPal links below to join, or send us a check, payable to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, along with all of your contact information. All donations are tax deductible.

Membership Levels are as follows:
$20 Single Membership ($5 for each additional Family Member
$50 Friend  - $100 Sponsor

Single Memberships

$50 - Friend

$100 - Sponsor

Officers

Georgie Taylor - President

Georgie has been actively involved in the Humane Society since 2002 as a Board member, Vice President and as President since 2004.

Georgie holds an MBA from the State University of New York with a concentration in marketing and graduated cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in education.  She has held numerous managerial positions in sales, marketing and communications for Corning Incorporated, Digital Equipment Corporation and NCR Corporation.  A resident of the Town of Montour for over 30 years, Georgie is also Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and has served as a Literacy Volunteer.  In 2010 Georgie was recognized by the Watkins Montour Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow

Georgie is a 2015 recipient of The Jefferson Award for Community Service

Susan Hunter Herbert, Vice-President

Susan Herbert and her husband, John, have been members of the Humane Society for many years.  She is the Volunteer Coordinator for the HSSC.  An Army “brat,” she grew up in Illinois, Texas, Germany, and, for most of her formative years, Washington, DC.  She attended Eckard College in Florida and Lynchburg College in Virginia. She worked at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia for four years before moving to New York State.  She  worked for Cornell University for 30+ years and retired fully in 2011.  She and John live in the village of Valois in the Town of Hector with their three cats and one dog.

Gita Devi, Secretary

Originally from Massachusetts, Gita moved to the area 9 years ago to work at Farm Sanctuary.  An animal lover all of her life and a vegetarian/vegan for more than 30 years, she was a volunteer at the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats for over 12 years, designed their web site and was Director of Adoptions and Internet Development for The Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare (SCFAW).  She also managed SCFAW's small cat shelter.

After moving here, she quickly got involved with the Humane Society, helping at spay/neuter clinics, fostering kittens, helping with events and eventually redesigned the web site, set up their Facebook page and handles Social Media mailings.

Gita runs the Ginger Cat Bed & Breakfast.  She's an avid gardener, accomplished cook, wood worker and crafter.  She shares her home with 5 cats.

Gita received her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a major in French and minor in Spanish. She worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for 20+ years as a Business Systems Analyst and Web Designer.  She has worked as a carpenter and is also a certified Yoga and Meditation teacher.

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Board of Directors

Chelsey Eberhardt

She has been volunteering with HSSC for over 2 years, doing kitty care,  helping at adoption events at Petsmart. 

Chelsey was born and raised in Schuyler County and attended Odessa Montour Central School. She received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Keuka College and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Marywood University.  She is currently practicing social work as a psychiatric social worker.

Chelsey is a life-long animal lover and currently has two dogs: Aspen who is a Westie and Bullet who is a German Shepherd.

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Valerie Gresh

Valerie Gresh moved to the area from Plymouth, MA 3 years ago where she was a board member at the Standish Humane Society in Duxbury, MA.  In that position she successfully took on writing grants for spay/neuter programs, established a working relationship with Petco and ran the adoption weekends at various retail outlets in the Plymouth area in addition to "clean and cuddle" duties twice a week.

While in MA Valerie taught English as a Second Language for RSVP at a local homeless shelter, delivered Meals-on-Wheels, served meals to the homeless at a downtown Boston shelter and was a visiting lay person for her church.  

It took Valerie an entire week and a half to contact HSSC once she arrived in Schuyler County.  Her reason for the relocation:  two perfect grandsons.

Valerie was born in Boston, MA, graduated high school in Norwalk, CT and enjoyed Philosophy and Ethics courses in college.  She was an aircraft dispatcher for General Electric and Digital Equipment for 15 years, a 911 operator and police dispatcher, ran her own company working with seniors and currently works for Sallie Mae.

In her spare time she is on the Montour Falls Improvement Association, helps out at the HSSC spay/neuter clinics twice a month and co-wrote and co-presents a slide show regarding puppy mills, dog fighting kennels and hoarding that has been shown to almost all towns in the county to promote local legislation.  She currently works as a Merchandiser in Ithaca and subs as a Teacher's Aide at B. C. Cate

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Paul Marcellus

Resident of Schuyler County since 1997. (Watkins Glen) Originally from Middletown NY. Graduated Middletown High School in 1974. Joined HSSC board in 2012. Purring and wagging felines and canines integral to life! Father of five, empty nest setting in. Lucky to have a dynamic local humane society with which to work. One term foray into local politics as a Schuyler County Legislator. Have operated local lodging establishment since 1997. Retired after 27 year of work within the NYS prison system. Hobbies; ceramics, making ice cream, learning banjo and accordion.

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Jessica Ryan

I was born and raised in Western New York, but I started my banking career 10 years ago in Harrisburg, PA. I fell in love with the FLX 2 short years ago while visiting a friend.

I am now settled in to the Watkins Glen branch of Chemung Canal Trust Company. After years in corporate banking, I find community banking a welcomed and refreshing change. It allows me to better serve my community.

I have always been an animal lover, having multiple members of my family being the furry 4 legged kind. I currently have a 6.5yr male old Bernese mountain dog named Corban, a 3.5yr female old German short-haired pointer named Heidi and a 6 month old male, partially blind, Great Dane named Magnus. Presently we are working on settling in to our new homestead on 50 rolling acres in Burdett.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Wish List

We use a lot of the items on our wish list –– every jar of peanut butter, bottle of bleach or roll of paper towels helps to make a difference in our operating expenses.

Cat/Dog Supplies

  • Canned cat & dog food
  • Dry cat food/kitten food
  • Peanut butter
  • Cat and dog treats
  • Nylabone dog chews
  • Liquid KMR
  • Kitty litter
  • Black Kong Extremes
  • Spray Cheeze Whiz
  • Cat toys
  • Cat beds – washable please
  • Poop bags
  • Litter pans & scoops
  • Scratching posts
  • Newspapers (no glossies please)
  • Towels and blankets (washable)
  • Cat carriers
  • Dog crates
  • Wire crates
  • Dog Houses - here's a link to online instructions on how to build one.
  • Havahart Traps
  • Thunder shirts
  • Store gift card

Cleaning Supplies

  • Simple Green
  • Bleach
  • Spay Bleach
  • Dish detergent
  • Laundry detergent
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags – 13 gal/33 gal
  • Toilet paper
  • Store Gift Cards
  • Scrub brushes
  • Sponges

Office Supplies

  • Copy paper
  • Pens and pencils
  • Ball rollers
  • Red, orange and black Sharpies
  • Business envelopes (#10)
  • Hanging file folders
  • Manila Folders
  • Large mailing envelopes
  • Staples Store Coupons 

 

 

Financial Donations are Needed For:

  • Medical supplies
  • Veterinary care
  • Lap top purchase
  • Copier purchase
  • General operating funds
  • Fuel oil
  • Electric Bill
  • Telephone Bill
  • General Maintenance
  • Advertising and Promotional Costs
  • Postage
  • Legal fees
  • Insurance

Additional Funds are needed to build a much needed Shelter

We have launched a capital campaign to raise funds to renovate our new buildings.

Please contact one of our volunteers or call us at the number listed above to find out how you can help to make this a reality.

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News

On November 24, 2014 all of the dogs were moved from the Van Zandt Hollow Road location to our new shelter at 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY!

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